This year’s pancake week is at its height and we want to tell you about a young entrepreneur whose name is Yermek and who has a small pancake business.
He combines his business with working in the Pension Fund. The idea to open a pancake stall occurred to him three years ago. He did a big job analyzing the market, collecting information and calculating. He had just $15,000 to start his business and this is exactly how much he spent. This spring his pancake stall is going to celebrate its first birthday.
He has to make dough at home because the stall is too small for that. He and his wife designed the recipe for their pancakes by themselves by mixing the ingredients in different proportions. They have their own cooking secrets (special temperature of milk and time of kneading) which allow them to preserve their dough fresh all day long .
His wife Anastasia sells pancakes. She liked the idea of opening their own pancake stall and she always supports her husband in all his undertakings.
They make 3 to 4 liters of dough on workdays and about 5 liters on Sundays.
Their son is 18 months old and he sometimes helps his parents to knead pancake dough.
They have to bring the dough they’ve just made to the stall.
The man took a day off to personally show you how they sell pancakes.
The stall brings about $270 a month but the business is just developing. Once the pancake stall opened, they fined them $400 for not installing a cash register in time. They could have made a warning at first.
This is the stall. Yermek bought it with a good discount.
His wife sells pancakes on workdays while he works at weekends. Yermek says that patience is what important when you start your business. Stick to your idea no matter what.
People love this place because they are sure in cleanliness and neatness of the stall and its owners.
They disinfect their hands before making pancakes with medical disinfectant used by surgeons.
Waiting for the stove to heat to 300 degrees.
It took them some time to learn how to make pancakes without that “you must spoil before you spin” rule.
Their pancakes are very tasty and nourishing which also attracts a lot of foodies.
Their pancake stove is the largest in the city (40 cm in diameter) and is very convenient to make pancakes on.
Each pancake has a weight of 120 g but is is also very thin at the same time.
They offer 14 fillings to choose from – condensed milk, banana&chocolate, red caviar, chiken&sauce, ham&cheese, jam, salmon, maple syrup, honey, cottage cheese…
In future, Yermek hopes to increase his business by offering more fillings for their pancakes and maybe soups. He also wants to buy tables for his clients to sit at.
They do not have their proprietary packing yet.
Prices for their pancakes vary from $0.81 to $3. The most expensive pancake (with red caviar) will cost you almost 10$.
Those who may find these prices high should think about how much ingredients cost today. Nevertheless, people love these pancakes and come here to have a bite over and over again.
Their whole life is ahead of them and best is to follow!